Ring of Brodgar
Clouston, Orkney Islands OS Map
Stone Circle Canmore
Also known as Ring of Brogar

The Ring of Brodgar, on Orkney, is about 340 feet in diameter. It was originally composed of some 60 evenly-spaced stones, but now 36 stones or stumps of stones remain.

An impressive ditch, up to ten feet deep,was cut into the bedrock just outside the stones; the ditch is broken by two causeways, at the north-west and the south-east.

One of the stones has been graffittied with Norse runes (much like the tomb of Maeshowe).

Brodgar lies in an area incredibly rich in archaeology between the Stones of Stenness to the south and the Ring of Bookan to the north.

Images ©1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2003,2011 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

1km Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement Neolithic Settlement
1km Ring of Bookan Chambered Cairn; Henge
1km Stones of Stenness Stone Circle
1km Watch Stone Standing Stone
2km Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
2km Unstan Chambered Cairn Chambered Cairn
6km Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn
8km Skara Brae Neolithic Village Neolithic Settlement
9km Orphir Round Church Church
10km Rennibister Earth House Souterrain
11km Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn
15km St Magnus Cathedral Cathedral
16km Gurness Broch
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)